Many people take Christmas decorating very seriously. Whether it's planning the Christmas theme for their tree and indoor decor to match, or collecting thousands of lights for their outside display, this festive time of year can really bring people together.
In Britain they have a battle for the most festive street, and there's £10,000 up for grabs. You you better bet they are going all out, and I have to admit, we're impressed!
Here are some of the neighborhoods that are competing this year! It looks like the competition will be tough for sure.
Trinity Close, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset
Transforming this cul-de-sac starts in October and involves more than 100,000 LED bulbs, dozens of lit up reindeer and snowmen, sparkling Santas, and the local police force.
Nick and Hazel Gardner, and their neighbors Chris Woodberry and his late wife Christine, entered into a bit of a competitive festive decorating in the late 90s.
Each year the displays became bigger and before they knew it, their other neighbors had caught the festive bug. Lights were then sponsored by a professional firm and stay on daily from 4:30-10PM until January 6.
Police now supervise parking and the display has been raising money for local charities.
Stone Brig Lane, Rothwell, West Yorkshire
What started as something special for three neighbors' young children, blossomed into a mass annual display of community spirit.
In a tradition that began 7 years ago, Karen Brown and her husband Chris decorated the outside of their house for the 11-year-old son, Adam and six-year-old daughter, Hannah.
"It was a few lights and a tree," said Karen. "Then about five years ago we invited the whole street."
Now, a street that takes about five minutes to drive the entire length, has dozens of houses that have joined in on the decor.
Byron Road, New Milton, Hampshire
While many people get excited for the holidays, no one's face lights up more than retired builder, Ged Hollyoake. 13 years ago, he lit up the front of his home and then neighbors began to join in. This started a tradition in the neighborhood where they leave the lights on until 11 PM on January 2.
The neighborbood has also received a glowing reputation by raising money for charity and was even featured in a Cadbury internet advertisement.
Hove, East Sussex
Starting his planning in January, Michael Farnes spends months planning his theme for the next year. In October, he starts to put his display together, which takes approximately 50 hours over the course of a month.
The latest display features more than 60 Santa Claus figures and snowmen, eight Christmas trees, a sleigh and a wishing well. They of course have festive music playing on loop for the visitors that want to pass by and take a look at the "Christmas house."
So where are the most over-the-top lights in America?
Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
If you're in New York City, take a detour over to Brooklyn and check out this amazing light display. With an over-the-top collection of giant nutcrackers, inflatable snowmen and tons of lights it's not something to be missed. Visit between 11th to 13th Avenues and from 83rd to 86th Street for the best views.
You can even score a tour of the epic neighborhood.
Christmas on Comstock, Gilbert, Arizona
Did you tune into ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight competition? The 13 homes in this neighborhood feature more than 110,000 lights combined and it's definitely not something to be missed, if you're in the area.
Peacock Lane, Portland
Decorating for decades, this Oregon attraction knows how to bring the spirit of the season. Visitors can sip free hot chocolate or cider, while enjoying the elaborate Christmas scenery.
Candy Cane Lane, Los Angeles
Considering it's name, you don't need to have snow to be festive! The jolly decorators in this California suburb have been decking out their homes since 1952. It has also been known that Santa and his elves make surprise appearances to the area during the holiday season.
34th Street Baltimore
This light display is definitely a Miracle on 34th Street! With a 70-year-old tradition that shows off classic displays and one-of-a-kind detail, it's definitely a holiday staple.
Where is the best Christmas light display that you have seen? Share with us in the comments.
Source: People / Daily Mail